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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Eleanor on 04-30-12

I am impressed!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

Honestly. It has been ages since I was last this impressed with a vampire story. This book has everything. Romance. True plot twists. Action. Intelectual stimulation. The narrator did a good job if you consider exactly how many characters is involved.

Yes the book is looooong. And yes it lost a star due to the lenght. But it is sure worth it.

I recommend this book and audiobook to all lovers of the genre even if you feel you have read it all now on witches and vamps...this book has some real plot twists that I really had fun exploring.

What did you like best about this story?

The novel plot twists.

What three words best describe Jennifer Ikeda’s voice?

Sooting and clear.

If you could take any character from A Discovery of Witches out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hmmm. His mom. She is a treasure.

Any additional comments?

Cant go wrong with this one.

  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,858

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Terrific Book

  • By Daniel McAfee on 08-01-08

This is a good complicated story.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Would you listen to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 again? Why?

Probably not. But not because the story is not worth listening to again but rather because I would like to listen to the rest of the series asap.

What did you like best about this story?

The complicated layered plot line.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gave Bosch a sense of nobility b

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The story is good enough but I was not so enthralled that I could not put it aside.

Any additional comments?

The book is well worth the listen and the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,976

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

Ouch.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Very slow start. Picked up considerably in the middle then fizzled out towards the end like a teenage crush. The narrator was very good. But the story was simply not strong enough.

What about Suzy Jackson’s performance did you like?

She did an admirable job.

Do you think Ashley Bell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Noooooooo!

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

A thrilling collection of 20 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and collected for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives readers a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall filled with weirdness

  • By Wanda on 04-15-17

Overall filled with weirdness

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they like weird.

Would you recommend The Bazaar of Bad Dreams to your friends? Why or why not?

Again, fans of King will like this.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrators. They all added to the stories. They were generally well picked.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Dont go to sleep.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book.

  • Journey of Hope

  • A Novel of Triumph and Heartbreak on the Oregon Trail in 1852
  • By: Victoria Murata
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

In Journey of Hope, three young women leave Independence, Missouri, in the spring of 1852 on a wagon train bound for the Oregon territory. Brenna and her family are Irish immigrants. Rebecca travels with her large family from Iowa. Emily is a young bride traveling with her husband Ernest. Six months and two thousand miles later they reach their destination much changed from who they were when they started. Daily life on the wagon train is challenging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy the Oregon Trail journey

  • By Linda A. Linsenbigler on 03-31-18

A journey you are bound not to forget

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-16

I listened to this book on audio and fell in love with it.
The narrator, Valerie Gilbert really made the plight of these travellers come to life and the story itself, so off the beaten track of my normal reading intrigued me. I kept listening soon discovering that I was getting invested in the story more and more until I was giving advice to the characters to tread lightly or go boldly forth.

Woman literature usually does not go this deep but this one did and with a soft edge I simply adored. Yes, you may need some tissues. Be prepared. You are warned.

I loved the pace of the narrator in this book. It is a bit slow, very reserved but fits the plot to a hilt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Price to Love

  • The Friessens: A New Beginning Book 2
  • By: Lorhainne Eckhart
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When Neil paid for a surrogate and moved her into our home, he told me not to worry, but I couldn't help but notice that she recognized the strong, sexy alpha male inside him, and I suddenly felt as if I was on the outside looking in. Then, one day, I met Cat, the young girl who stole my heart. I saw something in Cat that I couldn't turn away from: a damaged, scarred soul filled with the kind of despair and hopelessness that should never have been in the innocent eyes of a child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By jey cee on 09-05-16

Love Cat

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-16

I am not a huge fan of romance but I am a huge fan of this authors romance writing.
With a real, plausible story as the plot the romance part, although not small is used to further the plot, it is never THE plot.
I listened to this on audible, narrated by Valerie Gilbert and I was very impresses with the narrator as well. Me Gilbert captured the main protagonist so perfectly.

A short read but one worth reading.

WaAr

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What the Night Knows

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,634

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the better Koontz books

  • By Michelle on 12-31-10

First read it then listened to it.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-16

Ok. So I read this book earlier this year or late last year. Then I absolutely adored the 8 year old and had trouble getting used to the 11 year old but in this audio book I fell under the enchantment of the 11 year old, lock stock and barrell. The narrator did an amazing job in making the book come to life. Had a lot of fun listening to this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,590
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,615

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just No

  • By Lee R on 11-23-16

Genius

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-16

So much have been written about this book so all I am going to say the dialogue, sparse as it is is genius. The boy is adorable (I listened to this on audio and the narrator was brilliant.

And and and but here is what I need you to know. I read a lot. As in hundreds of books per year. I have read numerous pulitzer prize books. That does not impress me much. But with this book, I am now going to buy me another book by this author. Then another. Cause I need to read such pure genius more often. Why 4*? I could put the book down. I had to. It is simply too dark and emotional with a stark beauty

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Cape Refuge

  • Cape Refuge Series #1
  • By: Terri Blackstock
  • Narrated by: Rene Rodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

When Thelma and Wayne Owens are found murdered in the warehouse where they held their church services, their son-in-law, Jonathan, is arrested for the crime - but his wife, Morgan, and her sister, Blair, as well as Thelma and Wayne's daughters, are confident that he didn't do it and set out to find the real killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'd love to say I loved this.. but...

  • By Nancy on 08-16-12

Not a big fan of this narrator!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-16

Ok. Usually I prefer male over female narrators so keep that in mind when I tell you that I am not a fan of this narrator at all. Apart from the young girl and the two sisters almost everybody else sounded the same but!!!
The story. I loved the story. Real people with real issues trying their best to live a good Christian life but gets tripped up by life, by their tempers, resentment and secrets. Not at all a preachy book but for all of that a show-me-how instead of let-me-tell-you how story.

Yes, i am now a huge fan but Ill keep an eye out for a different narrator before I invest in the rest of the series on audio.

  • The Chimes

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,128
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6,123

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Version of "The Chimes" on Audible!

  • By Gillian on 12-14-15

My rating makes little sense but ....

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-16

I wanted to love this. I would have settled for liking it but it is not to be.

If not for the narrator I would actively despise this story. The repetition got me down some sentence, some descriptions is pure genius but these are totally overshadowed by the repetition of almost everything. I loved Toby but not enough to like the story.